With the temperatures warming in Alaska, and the landscape turning green, I’ve been trying to get in shape for a bunch of trips planned this summer. Many of them will be on foot, so being in good enough shape to carry a bunch of camping gear, along with photo gear is critical. In accord with my growing proclivity towards the reduction of “stuff” there is never a time more precise for this exercise than backpacking. Every ounce counts, and this seems to increase in importance in accordance with the number of birthdays accrued. For starters, I’m hoping to do a pack rafting trip in the Arctic in June, so this venture adds the weight of a packraft, paddles, and lifejacket, which weigh in at a little over 10 pounds. I’ve been weighing all of my goods and as soon as I finalize the gear load, I’ll share a list of the final items and their weight for those of you out there who have a thirst for data.